Loyola men undone by strong Mobile second half

Thu, 01/23/2014

Aleksander Matoski pulled down a career high 12 rebounds but the Pack fell

(Mobile, Ala.) The University of Mobile outscored Loyola University New Orleans 23-6 over the last 8:28 of the contest en route to a 68-55 men’s basketball victory on Thursday night at H. Austill Pharr Gymnasium.

Mobile (10-7, 5-3) jumped out to a 14-5 lead in the first half as Kwame Beard scored six points and the Rams hit two three pointers in the first 5:13 of the game. The Wolf Pack responded with a 7-0 run led by six straight points from the Wolf Pack bench. Later, Loyola trailed by one following a Derek Graves layup with 10:13 remaining, but Mobile rallied with ten unanswered as Beard added four more to give Mobile a 30-19 advantage. Loyola cut back into the lead before halftime, as they entered intermission only trailing by five.

The Wolf Pack (4-12, 3-6) took their first lead of the game when Daniel Kuhl had a putback layup with 12:23 remaining in the game. The Wolf Pack enjoyed their largest advantage of four points after Kuhl made a shot in the lane at the 8:51 mark. The game was tied at 49 with 7:32 remaining when the Rams scored 12 of the next 14 points as Brandon Morris contributed four to put the game away.

Kuhl led the Wolf Pack with 13 points while Kyle Simmons and Jalen Gray each tallied nine. Simmons added two assists and two steals. Aleksander Matoski scored seven while pulling down a career high 12 rebounds.

Morris led a balanced Rams attack with 15 points. Julien Sargent scored 14 points off the bench as he made all seven of his field goals. Beard notched 13 points and matched Morris for game high honors in assists with four. Chris Richardson scored 11 off the bench, while Cody Scott led the squad with seven rebounds.

The Wolf Pack shot 35.1% for the game while allowing 48.2% to the Rams. The Pack outrebounded Mobile 37-31 thanks to 13 offensive rebounds. The Rams won the turnover battle 12-11.

Loyola will return to action at 4 p.m. on Saturday, January 25th as they take on #8 William Carey University in the Hall of Fame game at The Den.

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